A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way

I was walking down the aisle at the supermarket last weekend, and I passed by an elderly lady in a wheelchair checking out the stationery section. I said to her, “Let me know if you need anything from up high. I’m happy to grab it.” We both smiled at each other warmly.

And then I stood at the magazines and read them, because sometimes when you’re child-free you’ve got to soak that stuff up. The lady didn’t need my help. The post-it notes she wanted were within reach. She stopped to chat though, about life, her life. “I hate to be a burden on people,” she said, “so I’m glad that you offered. It was so nice to know you cared enough to stop. I feel bad that I never have anything to offer in return though.”

“You do though,” I assured her, “You stopping to chat to me has made my day better, thank you.”

There’s not a lot I think is more important than putting more kindness into the world. I don’t know why it’s such a thing for me, but I just think it’s so easy to do. The story above isn’t remarkable or earth-shattering, but I share it so that it shows how easy it can be. It’s simple to see opportunities for kindness and embrace them.

This week the challenge is to do a random act of kindness. Can you spread more joy around the world by giving a little more kindness this week?What’s the Make Life Good Challenge?

It’s a collaboration between Fat Mum Slim and Bupa to make life better, healthier and happier. Over the year we’ll tackle 52 easy challenges to make life more awesome. Read more about the challenge here, and join us on Facebook here {we’ve got an amazing, inspiring and supportive group!}.